Discussion on US "Remain in Mexico" Policy

Thu January 28th 2021, 9:00 - 10:00am
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Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Zoom—registration required
Discussion on US "Remain in Mexico" Policy

Join the Center for Human Rights and International Justice for a discussion on the repercussions of the US’ “Remain in Mexico” policy on Thursday, January 28 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern. We will cover the findings of a new report, ‘Like I’m Drowning’: Children and Families Sent to Harm by the US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program, a joint investigation by Human Rights Watch, Stanford University’s Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program, and Willamette University’s Child and Family Advocacy Clinic. Register here. Under the “Remain in Mexico” program, people seeking asylum have to wait in Mexico and return periodically to the United States for immigration court hearings. Formally known as the “Migration Protection Protocols” (MPP), the program is anything but protective: it has sent people to some of Mexico’s most dangerous cities and needlessly and foreseeably exposed them to considerable risk of serious harm. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has placed more than 69,000 people in its “Remain in Mexico” program since January 2019. The report finds that the program subjects children and adults to serious, ongoing harm, including abduction and rape, and should be quickly and decisively dismantled.

We will be joined by:

  • Moderator: Beth Van Schaack, the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School and a faculty affiliate with Stanford’s Center for Human Rights & International Justice
  • Warren Binford, Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University
  • Michael Garcia Bochenek, senior counsel to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and author of the report
  • Ryan Matlow, Director of Community Programs for Stanford’s Early Life Stress and Resilience Program, and faculty member in Stanford's Human Rights and Trauma Mental Health Program
  • Nancy Ewen Wang, Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Emergency Medicine